Plans for cafe, takeaway, gym and business units could bring more than 60 new jobs to Pinchbeck
More than 60 new jobs could be created by plans for a “mixed-use development” in Pinchbeck’s commercial and industrial area.
A Starbucks cafe, Greggs’ outlet, gymnasium and business units have been included in a proposed development off Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck.
UK hardware retailer Toolstation and nationwide vehicle servicing specialists Formula One Autocentres are also possible tenants for the near one-and-a-half site in Wardentree Park where the development would take place.
Pinchbeck Parish Council have already backed the plans which applicants Hawkstone Properties, based in the West Midlands, estimate could bring nearly 50 full-time and 15 part-time jobs to the area.
A statement on behalf of the developers said: “The character of this part of Pinchbeck has changed markedly over the last ten years, from a relatively isolated industrial estate into a genuinely mixed-use one.
“It is further noted that there is significant residential development on this side of Spalding.
“As a result of this development, it is likely that Wardentree Lane will become a more important through-route to access the A16 bypass, without driving through town.
“Increasingly, it is evident that industrial areas include cafes, creches, coffee shops and drive-throughs that provide supplementary facilities to the industrial area and improve the general facilities that are available.
“This site offer an opportunity to benefit both the workers in the employment area and provide facilities to benefit the wider public using this road.”
Among the developments Hawkstone Properties hopes might be served by its plans is an unrelated outline application to build up to 96 homes on nearly ten acres of land near the junction of Wardentree Lane and Spalding Road.
In contrast to Hawkstone’s plans, parish councillors have objected to the proposed housing development, considering it to be an overdevelopment of the site.
The statement from Hawkstone said: “The site in question has been identified for employment use for 15 years.
“However, during this time, it has failed to come forward and contribute to job creation as it was intended.
“There have also been marked changes in and around Wardentree Lane in relation to its incorporation into Spalding.
“The encroachment of significant residential development close to, and within, the identified employment area has changed both the overall character of Wardentree Lane and the nature of its use.
“It seems likely that this will increase as the approved residential development is built out.
“In light of the above, the proposals would assist in enhancing and complementing the surrounding area.”
Coun Elizabeth Sneath, district and county councillor for Pinchbeck, said: "Whilst I welcome new development and investment, I am concerned about the close proximity of the proposed entrance/exit to this new site to an already busy and often congested roundabout near the Morrison's store.
"I hope the developers and planners will liaise closely with the highways department to ensure we do not have issues in the future with an increase in traffic, causing delays and hold-ups in this area."
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